First Nations students gain FSW/PSW skills through Confederation College – AETS partnership

Confederation College

Anishinabek Employment and Training Services (AETS) in partnership with St. Joseph’s Care Group and Confederation College, are proud to announce the completion of the Food Services Worker (FSW) and Personal Support Worker (PSW) Training Programs. The collaboration engaged 44 Aboriginal Learners with 30 successful graduates representing nine North Superior Region First Nation communities, which lead to (or will lead to) employment in the health sector.

The spring programs started on May 2, 2016 with accommodations and meals provided. The culturally aware and responsive program also involved an Elder, Facilitators/Instructors, a Program Co-ordinator and regular monitors to assist each of the learners. Graduates received FSW and PSW certificates and other related qualifications from Confederation College and/or other stakeholder partners, which allowed them to transition to employment immediately upon graduation.

“This partnership provided First Nation Citizens with the capacity to gain the skills and knowledge to realize their career potential. The collaboration has demonstrated the continued success in the development of tailored training programs, which meet the needs of the First Nation communities we serve,” said John DeGiacomo, Executive Director of AETS.

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